New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Santa Teresa on April 6, 2015 to herald the retention and expansion of MCS, the largest manufacturer of picture frames in North America. The company’s products are sold in stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Michaels. The company has won numerous awards for its ecological approach to production and is recognized as the largest recycler of Styrofoam, which it uses in the production of its frames.
MCS, founded by owner Richard Master in 1980, outgrew its 140,000-square-foot facility in Santa Teresa and needed to expand. The New Mexico Partnership, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance and the New Mexico Economic Development Department worked together to convince the company to stay in New Mexico and to undertake the construction of a 215,000-square-foot build-to-suit facility, which will be located in the new West Park in Santa Teresa. The company will move its current distribution center to this park, as well as a printing operation that it will be relocating from Pennsylvania.
The building will eventually be expanded to 265,000 square feet and the company will add approximately 20 employees to its current 31-employee workforce during the next three years. The facility will sit on 14 acres, in the new 164-acre West Park, the first phase of which is being developed to accommodate up to 2 million square feet of new industrial space. MCS’s investment in its new facility is estimated at $11 million.
According to Master, “It is an expansion and, for New Mexico, a retention.” The company was considering a move to El Paso prior to help received from state of New Mexico and local economic development officials. “MCS is a very valued business in New Mexico,” said Jon Barela, the state economic development secretary. “MCS is an excellent and valuable corporate citizen.” “The state was very encouraging to us,” Master said.
Master said the desire to remain in New Mexico was powerful. “It has been a wonderful experience over the years, growing and expanding,” he said. Officials touted the company’s environmental awards and dedication to recycling what would normally end up in a landfill. Master said 25 percent of waste in landfills is made up of Styrofoam that can be recycled.
“I appreciate all the efforts to retain us,” Master said of the state’s effort. “Jerry Pacheco (Senior Business Advisor of the New Mexico Partnership) came in and said ‘you are not leaving.’ Then Jon (Barela) came in 15 minutes later and made it happen.” Barela said encouraging private-sector investment is crucial to diversifying and growing the state’s economy.
“It is amazing the change that is happening in this area,” Martinez told the assembled crowd. “It is another great day in Santa Teresa.”
The New Mexico Partnership is a public-private non-profit organization created in 2003, and tasked with generating economic growth via attracting businesses to the state of New Mexico. We help businesses strategically locate in New Mexico, and we have partnered with numerous corporations to aid in their successful relocation and expansion. Please call our office in Santa Teresa for assistance with your expansion or relocation needs at 575-589-2200.